An unreliable Hadith regarding sitting in direct sunlight

Question

Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam) advised people to avoid sitting in direct sunlight because it spoils the clothing, causes a person to smell with perspiration and also causes suppressed illness to surface.

(Mustadrak: 8264)

 

Answer

Imam Hakim (rahimahullah) has recorded this narration on the authority of Sayyiduna ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abbas (radiyallahu ‘anhuma).

(Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 4 pg. 411)

 

However, ‘Allamah Dhahabi (rahimahullah) has declared the narration a fabrication.

 

Imam Abu Bakr ibn Abi Shaybah (rahimahullah) has recorded the narration as the statement of the Arab doctor; Al Harith ibn Kaladah.

(Musannaf Ibn Abi Shaybah: 24185)

 

The narration should therefore be quoted as the statement of Harith ibn Kaladah and not as a Hadith of Rasulullah (sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallam).

 

Also see here

 

And Allah Ta’ala Knows best.

 

Answered by: Moulana Suhail Motala

 

Approved by: Moulana Muhammad Abasoomar